Lynyrd Skynyrd Sue Former Drummer Artimus Pyle Over Biopic

June 20, 2017
Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform during the Merle Haggard Tribute concert at Bridgestone Arena.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, Gary Rossington, lead singer (and Ronnie Van Zant’s youngest brother) Johnny Van Zant, and several of the deceased band members’ estates are suing the band’s former drummer Artimus Pyle over the biopic he’s co-producing with Cleopatra Films, reports Rolling Stone.

The biopic, Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, is set to tell the story of Pyle’s life in Lynyrd Skynyrd, which in turn focuses on the 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines, as well as Dean Kilpatrick, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s road manager, and both pilots.

The point of contention is over a 1988 consent order in which the band members agreed that life stories should not claim to be a representation of the entire band’s story. Essentially, the band is saying that Pyle can talk all he wants about his own life story, but it’d be dangerous to release a movie from Pyle’s perspective, as it’d be skewed, giving an inaccurate portrayal of the band as a whole.

So far, it looks like there’s a trial set for July 11.